MARCUS - The tireless, ever-hustling Erica Dreckman fired in a game-high 23 points and registered six steals to lead the talented Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls to a superb 54-44 War Eagle Conference win over traditional Northwest Iowa power Orange City Unity Christian here last week.
Kelsey Sears added eight points for the winners, and Reagan McDaniel six, and Anna Wilcox five.
Playing without three-year starter, junior Kayla Foresman, who is out for the season with a knee injury sustained in a game at Granville Spalding Dec. 7, the Eagles have picked up the pace and had several players step up to fill the huge hole left by Foresman's absence.
MMC sank 23-53 field goals for 43 percent, and connected on 8-17 free throws. Unity Christian was 16-50 from the field for 32 percent, and was 10-21 from the line. MMC was 0-5 for three-pointers, and the Knights 2-16 against a tough MMC defense.
Paxton Visscher led the Knights with 14 points, and Caroline Reinders tallied 13.
MMC led at all the breaks, 16-11 after one quarter, 26-25 at halftime, and 42-31 after a big third quarter.
"The girls are playing hard for me said MMC coach Tim Dreckman. "Erica has stepped up her game and all the girls are doing what we ask of them. We want to play up-tempo and push the ball and play tough defense, and we're doing all that. I'm very proud of their effort night in and night out. Anna and Carly really had great games off the bench for us. They're all working very hard."
The MMC teams return to action Jan. 4 to host Remsen St. Mary's in Marcus.